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- The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named a minor planet after Indian classical singer Pandit Jasraj.
- Information on naming the minor planet Panditjasraj is published in the ‘Minor Planet Circulars/Minor Planets and Comets’ on behalf of IAU.
Minor Planet Panditjasraj (300128)
- IAU has named the minor planet as ‘Panditjasraj (300128)’.
- The number 300128 is derived from Jasraj’s date of birth, January 28, 1930.
- The asteroid, or more formally known as a minor planet, is located between Mars and Jupiter.
- It was discovered on November 11, 2006, by the Catalina Sky Survey, whose telescopes are based in Arizona in the United States.
Process of Naming Minor Planets
- When a new celestial body is identified, a provisional name is given to it.
- The year of discovery followed by two letters of the alphabet and two numbers are the main components of the provisional name.
- Reports suggested that the Minor planet which has been named after Pandit Jasraj was initially named as ‘2006VP32’.
- The privilege of naming a planet is first given to discoverers, who have 10 years to propose a name.
- According to the IAU’s guidelines, the discoverer or team is expected to write a short citation, explaining the reasons for assigning the name.
- All names proposed are judged by the 15-member Working Group for Small Body Nomenclature (CSBN) of the IAU, comprising professional astronomers with research interests in minor planets and/or comets from around the world.
Minor Planet or ‘Small Solar System Body’
- Minor planets are comparatively smaller celestial objects than Planets.
- They orbit the Sun and are not large enough for their gravity to pull them into a spherical shape.
- The shape of a minor planet is the factor that distinguishes them from planets or ‘dwarf planets’, which are almost spherical in shape.
- The celestial bodies which are categorised as minor planets include asteroids, comets, and several other celestial objects that orbit the Sun.
About Pandit Jasraj
- Pandit Jasraj (b. 1930) is an exponent of Indian classical vocal music.
- He is the recipient of numerous awards, honours, and titles, including the prestigious Padma Vibhushan and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
- He created a novel form of jugalbandi called Jasrangi that is styled on the ancient system of moorchhana, between a male and a female vocalist, who each sing different ragas at the same time.
[Source: The Hindu, Financial Express]